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Dr. Deborah Dillon joined the School of Nursing in August 2020 as a clinical associate professor and director of the new Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP) program. Dr. Dillon previously served as an assistant professor at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve and as an assistant professor and coordinator of the AG-ACNP program at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. In 2022, Dr. Dillon became a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP).

Dr. Dillon brings over 20 years of clinical experience in the practice of cardiac electrophysiology. Most recently, she practiced as an acute care nurse practitioner in the Digestive Disease and Surgical Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.

She is the author of a book publication (Fall 2020) Successful transition to practice: A guide for the new nurse practitioner (McGraw Hill). She has also authored two book chapters, "Introduction to the role of Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner" and "Heart Failure-acute exacerbation" in Clinical simulations for the Advance Practice Nurse (Alfes & Zimmerman 2020-Springer Publishing). In addition, she has authored the electronic publication, Pharmacology: RN Review Course for Sigma Nursing (2019).


  • DNP, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, 2015
  • MSN, Post-Master’s Certificate Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Kent State University, 2000
  • MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist University of Pittsburgh, 1991
  • BSN, Youngstown State University, 1986
  • Diploma, Sharon Regional Hospital School of Nursing, 1979
  • Board Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ANCC), 2001-2022
  • Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse (AACN), 1980-2021
  • Certified Heart Failure Nurse- K (AAHFN), 2011-present

Research Interests or Expertise

  • Cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Transition to practice for nurse practitioners


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  • Dillon, D. (2021). Successful Transition to Practice: A guide for the new nurse practitioner (1st Edition). New York: McGraw Hill. ISBN 13: 978-126-452372.

Book Chapters

  • Dillon, D. (2020). Chapter 5. Introduction to the role of Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. Clinical Simulations for the Advance Practice Nurse: a comprehensive guide for faculty, students, and simulation staff (Alfes & Zimmerman). Springer Publishing. NY, NY.
  • Dillon, D. (2020). Heart Failure- acute exacerbation. Clinical Simulations for the Advance Practice Nurse: a comprehensive guide for faculty, students, and simulation staff (Alfes & Zimmerman). Springer Publishing. NY, NY.



Recent Refereed Publications

  • Dillon, D., Crimaldi, J. (2020). "Pathway-Driven Pharmacologic Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease." Journal for Nurse Practitioners. July/Aug 2020: (16)6: DOIL
  • Dillon, D., (2019). "Pharmacology: RN Review Course." Electronic publication. Sigma Nursing. Indianapolis, IN.
  • Dillon, D., Gary F. (2017). "Full Practice Authority for Nurse Practitioners." Nursing Administration Quarterly, Jan/Mar; 41(1):86-93.
  • Dillon, D., Dolansky, M., Kelley, C., Casey, K. (2016). "Factors related to the acute care nurse practitioners transition to practice." AACN Advanced Critical Care, 27 (2), 173-182.
  • Dillon, D., Hoyson-McClean, P.(2014). "Beginning Employment: A guide for the new nurse practitioner." The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 10 (1), 55-59.
  • Dillon, D., Hoyson-McClean, P. (2014) "From graduation to employment: A guide for the new nurse practitioner." The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 9 (5), 312-315.



Recent Non-refereed Publications

  • Inocian, E., Felicilda-Reynaldo R.F., Dillon, D., & Ignacio, E. (2021). Using Beers Criteria to Avoid Inappropriate Prescribing for Older Adults. MEDSURG Nursing, 30(2), 113-117. Full text can also be accessed through our Gumberg Library Ebscohost database.
  • Dillon, D. (2020) Integrative Modalities: Defining principles of integrative medicine. AAHFN Connections. Spring 2020. Issue 63. P 18.
  • Dillon, D. (2020) Leadership: Cardiovascular Health care in rural America. AAHFN Connections. Winter 2020. Issue 62. P. 14
  • Dillon, D. (2019) Leadership Role in Sleep-Disordered Breathing. AAHFN Connections. Summer 2019. P. 15.
  • Dillon, D. (2019) Palliative Care in Heart Failure. AAHFN Connections. Spring 2019. Guest editor and content author.
  • Dillon, D. (2019) Leadership in Hyperkalemia. AAHFN Connections. Winter 2019.
  • Dillon, D. (2019) Managing Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices in Patients Nearing End-of-Life or Requesting Withdrawal of Therapy. AAHFN Connections. Spring 2019.
  • Dillon, D. (2018) Hyperkalemia. AAHFN Connections. Summer 2018.
  • Dillon, D. (2018) HFpEF- heart failure with a preserved ejection fraction - what can I do? AAHFN Connections. Spring 2018. p. 20, 25.
  • Dillon, D. (2018) Leadership Management in Natural Disasters. AAHFN Connections. Winter 2018; p. 25-26.
  • Dillon, D. (2017) AAHFN Annual Meeting: Leadership. AAHFN Connections. Fall 2017; p. 18.
  • Dillon, D. (2017) Leadership in a Technology World. AAHFN Connections. Summer 2017: p.16.
  • Dillon, D. (2017) Nursing's Leadership Role in the Pharmacologic Management of Heart Failure Patients. AAHFN Connections. Spring: p 22.
  • Dillon, D. (2017) Telehealth: An Opportunity for Nursing. AAHFN Connections. Winter 2017: p. 19.
  • Dillon, D. (2016) Healthcare Policy: The Role of Nursing in Achieving Quality Outcomes for HF Patients. AAHFN Connections. Summer: p. 22.


Recent Invited Presentations

  • Dillon, D. University College Cork Advanced Nursing and Midwifery Practice Research Forum. "The next 3 P's: from Project to publication to practice. November 27, 2019. Cork, Ireland.
  • Dillon, D. Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Digestive Disease Surgical Institute. "Anticoagulation Management for the Gastrointestinal Nurse Practitioner." October 2019. Cleveland, OH.
  • Dillon, D. American association of Colleges of Nursing. Graduate Nursing Student Academy. Webinar Presenter "Transitioning to NP Practice." January 2019.
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners/National Nurse-Led Care Consortium- TCPI (Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative). Webinar Presenter, "From Graduation to Employment as an NP." April 2018.
  • Annual Nursing Research Symposium- Carillion, VA. Podium presenter "Factors Related to Successful Transition to Practice for the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner." November 2016.


Competitive Presentations

  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Annual Symposium, Philadelphia, PA. Poster presentation. "Guiding End-of-life discussions in patients with implantable cardiac defibrillator and biventricular implantable cardiac defibrillators." June 2017.
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Annual Symposium and the National Nurse Practitioner Symposium, Denver, CO. Poster presentation. "Transitioning to Practice for the new nurse practitioner." June 2016.
  • 2018-present Drs. Joyce Fitzpatrick and Marian Shaughnessy. Research on Scope of Practice/Full Practice authority. Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and Case Western Reserve University.
  • 2013-2015 Dillon, D. Factors related to successful transition to practice for the acute care nurse practitioner. DNP scholarly project - FPB- CWRU.
  • 1991 Dillon, D. The effectiveness of two methods of oral suction in prevention of bacterial growth in intubated patients. Graduate thesis- University of Pittsburgh. Partial research funding from Ballard Medical.
  • 1990 Ruth Perkins Kuehn Award - University of Pittsburgh Outstanding graduate student in nursing for contributions to research, education, publications, presentations and other professional contributions.